Either way, here's some reviews! Today, I've got a few stories that I didn't finish for one reason or another. Find out why, below the break.
A White Mare, by RandomBlank - 5 chapters (about 66% of the story's total wordcount) read
Zero-ish spoiler summary: A young man in Poland discovers that the new riding horse at a nearby ranch is actually Celestia, transformed into an ordinary horse after traveling through a portal to Earth.
A few thoughts: In a lot of ways, this exemplifies all the worst things people assume about HiE/PoE (Human in Equestria/Pony on Earth) writing: the narrator is an obvious wish-fulfillment vehicle, almost every character is defined either by a single trait or by their job, the dialogue is wooden, most of the problems Celestia and the protagonist face are blatantly set up to allow one or both to congratulate themselves on how clever they are for solving them, and the plot is... well, "ridiculous" would be kind (the moment I stopped reading, at the end of chapter five, was when, after Celestia destroyed the world economy through a series of terroristic information leaks (as an aside, neither Celestia nor, presumably, the author, seem to know what a "terrorism" actually is), the US president contacted her to apologize and offer her a trillion dollars so she can "fix" all the damage she just deliberately did).
That all makes the story sound worse than it really is, as is evidenced by the fact that I made it more than 20k words in before bailing out entirely. The narrator does have a pleasantly self-depreciating sense of humor, and Celestia's early struggles (when she's learning how to do things like communicate; before she starts taking over the world economy using an old tablet) are engaging, conceptually. But there are frequent questionable decisions from the beginning (a disturbingly sexual depiction of the narrator cleaning Celestia really ought to have been where I quit, but I decided to give the story another chance), and even at its best, this story is one that needs to be enjoyed despite its flaws, if it's to be enjoyed at all.
Recommendation: This isn't quite on the level of your average second-person/Anon fantasy fulfillment, but I'd recommend it to basically the same audience: readers looking for escapism and plenty of chances for self-congratulation, who put less emphasis on believability or writing quality.
Cold Hearted, by Europa - 1 1/2 chapters (about 50%)
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Celestia is secretly the last of the windigos, and she has dedicated herself to a single goal: to create a world so peaceful and harmonious that it starves her.
A few thoughts: I really liked the idea of the story, and it's got a catchy short description ("The last of a species is called an 'endling'. Celestia is the endling for windigos") but the presentation was too overdramatic for my taste. Celestia's internal monologuing often feels very tell-y, and much of it (that expanding on her feelings of hunger/restraint/etc., anyway) seems unnecessary insofar as her actions make all those feelings perfectly clear. I also thought Twilight's entry into the story (well, her discovery, anyway) were awfully abrupt. Still, I quit reading this story more because it wasn't for me than because I thought it wasn't good.
Recommendation: Readers who don't mind some melodrama may want to give this a look, if they find the premise interesting.
Princess Twilight's Omnicultural Multi-ethnic All-encompassing Defense Force, by Anatinus - 1 chapter (about 9%)
Zero-ish spoiler summary: Twilight needs to assemble a personal guard, now that she's royalty. She decides that, seeing as she's the Princess of Friendship, her guard ought not to be bound by race, gender, or anything else.
A few thoughts: I didn't actually make it past the setup, so I can't really comment on how humorous the story ends up being. What I can say is that it has a fair number of technical errors, in addition to an almost comical number of conditionals (seven "pretty much"s in the first chapter alone, for example). Also, while I assume that stuff like Mina the dragon come from the comics, and while the description does clearly state that the story takes place in IDW canon, there was enough that I didn't recognize (having not read the comics) to limit my enjoyment.
Recommendation: I didn't really get far enough in to "recommend" this one way or the other, but those who aren't sensitive to construction quality and are familiar with the comics might want to explore it a bit further than I did.